Bliss Balls

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We are back into the swing of things here at Sporty Little Number.  Kids are back at school.  We are at work. The daily routine is cranking into gear.  And now that we are no longer sunning ourselves on the beach, that familiar mid-afternoon slump is back too!

To help fight that urge to reach for a chocolatey pick-me-up or another cappuccino, try these two quick and easy recipes for bliss balls.  They take 15 minutes to prepare (excluding chilling time). They don’t need baking.  And they last for 2 weeks in the fridge.

No muss, no fuss.

If you haven’t tried them yet, Bliss Balls are high-protein, low-carbohydrate snacks. These little balls guarantee fullness and satisfaction.  Ideal if you are trying to lose weight  and need something to fill the gap.  And perfect if you need a little energy boost before or after your workout.  1-3 balls should do the trick!

These recipes have been adapted from Madeleine Shaw, Get the Glow.

Cacao Power Balls

These balls will give you a real energy boost.  The secret ingredient is maca powder (Peruvian Ginseng).  Maca is a member of the radish family and has been cultivated and grown in the Andes for more than 3000 years.   Its roots are used for a wide range of medicinal purposes, including: enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, fertility, libido, and boosting immunity.

Ingredients

Makes approximately 15-20 Ferrero Rocher sized balls:

  • 100 grams oats
  • 150 grams raw almonds
  • 50 grams raw cacao
  • 1 tbsp. maca powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 100 grams almond butter
  • 2 – 3 tbsp. coconut oil

Method

Blend the oats and almonds for 1-2 minutes in a food processor.  When you have a rough flour consistency add the cacao, maca and salt.  Blend the ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.  Add the honey, almond butter and coconut oil.  Blend and roll the mixture into small balls.  The balls can feel a little crumbly.  If they do not form a ball easily (either by rolling in your hand or pressing together) add a little  more coconut oil to bind them a little more.  Once you have rolled the balls, pop them in the freezer for 1 hour to set and transfer to the fridge.

Orange & Date Balls

If you love a citrusy, orangey zing, these balls are for you.  A slightly softer texture than the cacao power balls, these bliss balls are incredibly moreish.  Dates, orange zest, coconut oil and cinnamon make these balls pack a mighty punch.

Ingredients

Makes approximately 15-20 Ferrero Rocher sized balls:

  • 100 grams raw cashew nuts
  • 150 grams pumpkin seeds
  • tiny pinch salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200 grams pitted Medjool dates
  • 2-3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • zest of 1 orange (for a strong flavour go for a medium sized orange)

Method

Blend the nuts and pumpkin seeds in a blender until you get a rough flour texture.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix together.  If it seems a little dry add another 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil.  Roll the mixture into small balls and place them on baking paper in the freezer for about 1 hour.  Transfer the balls to the fridge and enjoy when you are peckish.

 

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